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Chakan
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$49.99[2] 1047
Sega Mega Drive
CA
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99[4] 1047
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1047
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM 119,95[6] 1047
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1047
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
BR
R$? 044030



Sega Game Gear
US
$? 2414
Sega Game Gear
UK
£29.99[8] 2414
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F 2414
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? 2414
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas 2414
Sega Game Gear
PT
? ?



Chakan is an action game by Extended Play (not to be confused with Extended Play Productions) and Sega for the Sega Mega Drive and by Sega for the Sega Game Gear based on a comic book series by Robert A. Kraus.

A Sega Mega-CD version was reportedly in development at one stage.

Story

Chakan is a warrior so proud of himself he challenged Death to a duel. He won, and was cursed with life eternal until he clears all the evil of the world.

Gameplay

C/2 jumps. B/1 attacks. There is an overworld with four portals to worlds (levels) to clear; if you lose all your health in one, you get taken back here with no lives penalty (as there is no way to "lose all your lives" given the premise). Each port has somewhat different levels.

The game loops infinitely after the ending screen and the game ends in a way that does not provide closure, regardless of the chosen difficulty level.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

Source: In-game creditsMedia:Chakan MD US Manual.pdf[9]
  • Produced by: E. Ettore Annunziata
  • Programmed by Extended Play: Jonathan Miller, Dave Foley, Dean Sitton, Beth Carter
  • Stunt Programmer: Burt Sloane
  • Game Design by: Mark Steven Miller, Jon Miller
  • Art Direction: Steve Ross, Mira Ross
  • Music and Sound: Nu Romantic Productions, Mark Steven Miller, Jason Scher
  • Marketing: Jaime Wojick
  • Based on Characters Created by: Robert Kraus, R.A.K. Graphics
  • Special Thanks to: Clyde Grossman, Steve Apour
  • S.O.A. Soft Test Dept.: Mark Lindstrom, Alex Fairchild, Eric Rawlins, Ron Calonje, Joe Cain, Julio Martinez, Gabriel Watts, Lawrence Jeung, Jay Alonzo, Siegie Stangeberg, Martin Kojnok, Dianna Myers, S.O.A. Consumer Service, Jeronimo Barrera, Jerry Markota, K and L Catering and... You!
  • Thanks for Playing and Look for the Further Adventures of Chakan in R.A.K. Graphics Comics.
  • © MCMLXLII Sega of America, Inc.


Source: US manual
  • Lead Tester: Mark Lindstrom
  • Testers: Jay Alonzo, Bryce Bigwood, Shawn Boundy, Joe Cain, Ron Calonje, Alex Fairchild, Lawrence Jeung, Martin Kojonok, Julio Martinez, Dianna Myers, Sean Patten, Eric Rawlins, Sigle Stangenberg, Gabriel Watts
  • Special Thanks: Steve Apour, Joronimo Barrera, Clyde Grossman, Sara Holihan, Jerry Markota, Al Nilsen, Spencer Nilsen, SOA Consumer Service
  • Manual: Carol Ann Hanshaw

Game Gear version

Source: In-game credits
  • Thanks for Playing and Look for the Further Ventures of Chakan in R.A.K. Graphics Comics.


Source: US manualMedia:Chakan GG US Manual.pdf[10]
  • Lead Tester: Mark Lindstrom
  • Testers: Terry Banks, Joe Cain, Ron Calonje, Alex Fairchild, Ivan Fong, Roman Greco, Richie Hideshima, Keith Higashihara, Tri Le, Dermont Lyons, Heather Meggs, Dianna Myers, Eric Rawlins, John Russel, Siegie Stangenberg, Conan Tigard, Jeff Wagner
  • Special Thanks: Steve Apour, Clyde Grossman, Al Nilsen
  • Manual: Carol Ann Hanshaw

Uncredited

Cover artist: Greg Winters

Magazine articles

Main article: Chakan/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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  • Hobby Consolas (ES) #19: "Abril 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[11]
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Artwork

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
88 №17, p80-81[12]
79 №137, p18[4]
84 №1, p30Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[13]
80 №18, p36[14]
78 №45, p46[2]
46 №4, p76[15]
91 №17, p108-109[16]
88 №6, p60-61
84 №6, p34-35[17]
88 №1, p65
73 №15, p42-44
84 №28, p58-61[18]
83 №41, p46-47
76 №17, p56-57
76 №18, p64
88 №4, p14-15
62 №16, p36-37[19]
87 №7, p12[20]
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
18 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Chakan MD US Box.jpg
Cover
Chakan md us cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, EU
Chakan MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
Chakan MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
Chakan MD BR Box.jpg
Cover
Chakan MD BR Cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan md br manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, FR

Chakan MD FR Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, CA

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80
83 №139 (Go!), p22-23[8]
79 №1, p165Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[21]
93 №16, p146[22]
92 №35, p194[23]
84 №31, p82-83[24]
67 №44, p36-37
90 №18, p48
69 №19, p42[25]
Sega Game Gear
82
Based on
9 reviews

Game Gear, US
Chakan GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngChakan GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chakan GG US Cart.jpg
Cart
Chakan GG US Manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
Chakan GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine.pngChakan GG EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Chakan GG US Cart.jpg
Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 046a48de
MD5 8844a97b65994de94cf398cf4a3217c3
SHA-1 7eae088f0b15e4bcd9a6a38849df5a20446be548
1MB 1992-10 Cartridge (US/EU)

References